The 2013 Cody Stampede is now a fond memory. I should have kept some sort of journal of how many old friends I saw and new ones I made – hmm, maybe I could invent some sort of electronic contraption that will allow me to take photos, record addresses and phone numbers, organize these friends into one big group and then tell everyone details of my life such as what I am having for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
But I digress. With the Stampede complete, we are in full summer season, and that means family time. I understand that many people like to travel during what is called the “shoulder seasons” when the weather is nice and the atmosphere a little more relaxed, but as long as kids are in school from early September through early June, families will make the Great American Road Trip in the summer.
Personally, I love it. With the obvious exception of Sleeping Giant ski area, all of our activities and attractions are going full force and you can feel the energy on our streets.
While many of the visitors stop in Cody for one night on their way to or from Yellowstone Park, I have seen an increase in those who make a point of staying a few days because there is just so much to do. People are surprised that our small town offers such a diverse lineup of activities.
You want history? Check out the The Buffalo Bill Center of the West and its five museums under one roof. Tecumseh’s Miniature Village tells the story of the West and has incredible artifacts. Old Trail Town’s cabins are simply incredible. For a sobering look at life for Japanese Americans during World War II, do not miss Heart Mountain Interpretive Center.
Looking for something active? Shoot the rapids on the North Fork of the Shoshone River, catch trout on one of the many rivers in the area or hike and ride the trails surrounding our many guest ranches.
Want to be entertained? The Cody Gunfighters always put on a good show while getting across the message about gun safety. There’s plenty of good music suitable for the whole family at a chuck wagon dinner or afterwards with Dan Miller. And, of course, the Nite Rodeo is a great way to end the day.
We are tremendously proud of what our little area has to offer. I get the biggest kick out of eavesdropping on families as they look at their schedules to see if they can add a day or two to their Cody portion.
I tell you, we are no One-Trick Pony.
Lovin’ life and sum, sum, summertime in Cody, Wyoming.